Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

The YSF Podcast: Move More – A physical activity strategy for Sheffield Listen to the episode

The refreshed Move More physical activity for Sheffield is the topic for discussion on the latest episode of The YSF Podcast.We were joined by Dr. Anna Lowe, Programme Manager for the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, and Tom Hughes, Development Manager for Yorkshire Sport Foundation, two people who were at the heart of putting the strategy together.The strategy was refreshed and launched earlier this month, as well as a new brand and website. We discuss how they went about it, including reflections on the previous Move More strategy and the steps involved in creating something that the entire district can get behind, as well as their hopes for the future.Search for The YSF Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or listen on our website.  
Chris Boardman appointed new Chair of Sport England
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Chris Boardman will succeed Nick Bitel as Sport England Chair, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed.The cyclist, who won gold in the individual pursuit at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, will serve a four-year term starting on 22 July.In his new position, Chris will play a critical role in supporting and developing grassroots sport and physical activity and helping get more people active across the country as it recovers from the pandemic.  
National recognition for Leeds Community Tennis Programme Find out more
Leeds Community Tennis Programme has been crowned a national winner at the prestigious LTA Tennis Awards for its exploits growing the sport in the region.The team at the Leeds Community Tennis Programme has scooped the LTA’s Communities and Parks Award after being recognised for its inspirational work adapting to Covid-19 restrictions and booming back to life after lockdown.  
West Yorkshire primary schools skip into summer
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Pupils at a school in Leeds have been celebrating the culmination of a five-week project to encourage them to be more physically active.The ‘Skip into Summer’ initiative involved more than 35,000 children from 155 primary schools across West Yorkshire, and was led by Skipping School thanks to funding from Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF) and the West Yorkshire School Games. It was designed to inspire and engage children to get active, have fun, build self-esteem and confidence.  
News in brief  
Guidelines for sport and health organisations will maintain positive social media use post-pandemic
Sport, physical activity and health organisations should keep using social media to deliver exercise and cooking classes and information on staying healthy even after pandemic restrictions have eased, according to new guidelines published by experts at the University of Birmingham.

New Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Sub-committee set up after review
England Boxing has set up a new Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Sub-committee to help it implement recommendations from a recently-completed Diversity, Equality and Race Review. Find out more…

Beat the Street Sheffield off to record breaking start
Beat the Street Sheffield is off to a record-breaking start with nearly 50,000 participants in its first week. Find out more…

Walking sport – A look at the research
This summary highlights some of the potential outcomes of walking football and walking netball and the possible links to engaging older adults in physical activity to help with re-conditioning. Find out more…  

Get Yourself Active newsletter from Disability Horizons UK

Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter from Disability Horizons UK.

This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been up to during the month of June – and some opportunities that we hope will be of interest. More from us next month!

Co-production in Practice

On Wednesday 23rd June, Get Yourself Active Programme Managers Anna Denham and Liddie Bone presented “Co-production in Practice” at the Westminster Insight Disability Digital Conference.

We presented an overview of the key principles of co-production, the benefits, and how to progress up the co-production ladder. We also spoke about co-production in practice in the sport sector, with a particular focus on some of the projects we are delivering within the Get Yourself Active programme: co-production training to the sport sector; our ‘Moving Social Work’ project with Durham University; and the Tackling Inequalities Fund from Sport England (see article below).

The take-away message was that when people who use services are involved on an equal level, in the design, delivery and evaluation of a project or service, it always makes for better outcomes for everyone involved. To find out more about co-production, check out some of our bite-size webinars (button below), or contact lydia.bone@disabilityrightsuk.org

Find out more about Get Yourself Active and Co-production via our webinar series

Tackling Inequalities Fund by Sport England – update

Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is one of the National Delivery Partners for Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF). The fund aims to reduce the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and any widening of inequalities in participation rates in sport and physical activity.

To-date we have funded over 35 projects, via a range of organisations, across England – all of them delivering different kinds of activities. Some of the projects have now completed and we’ve had some great feedback from them about how their projects have supported people to get or keep active, feel less isolated, and more connected during the pandemic.

We are still accepting applications, from User Led Organisations (ULOs), or organisations which can demonstrate a user-led project idea, that supports Disabled people, and/or people with long-term health conditions, to keep active in a Covid-19 safe environment and in a way that is right for them. Projects must be delivered by 31st March 2022. For more details, including how to apply, please contact: tacklinginequalities@disabilityrightsuk.org or call Elliot on 0203 687 0771

Carers & Activity  

It was Carers Week on the 7th – 13th June 2021, which aimed to  raise awareness of the importance and impact carers have on society. We were asked by London Sport to create a video around how physical activity can help support carers and the people they care for.  Programme Manager, Liddie Bone, talked about the importance of increasing carers confidence and knowledge of sport and physical activity both for themselves and the people they care for.  In the video, Liddie introduces the guide we have co-created to support an assets-based approach to discussing opportunities and outcomes brought about by physical activity. Watch the video here

Active @ Home

Despite lockdown measures starting to ease, you may feel more comfortable getting active at home for the time being.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our Active @ Home section on our website. We have collected accessible videos according to which activity you are interested in, which also includes videos from some of our TIF partners. As well as this, we have pages dedicated to other resources, such as worksheets and downloadable resources. Click here for to see the Active@Home section of the website

Sport England – FAQs on the national coronavirus restrictions

Whilst many of us had hoped to see a full easing of restrictions on the 21st June, we continue to be obliged to follow regulations and guidance – including when getting active.  It’s therefore important to keep on top of what the current restrictions are when it comes to sport and physical activity.Who knows what July might hold for us all, but in the meantime, Sport England very helpfully keep their FAQs page regulalry updated, so that you can keep abreast of the regulations and good practice, relevant to your sport or activity. Do check it out regularly and when in doubt about any of the activites you are delivering – this could include numbers of people, regulations on space or distancing and hygiene protocols. Check out Sport England’s FAQs page on national restrictions

COVID impacts most acute in deprived and ethnically diverse communities

Grassroots clubs from deprived and ethnically diverse communities face the biggest challenges in returning to organised community activity post-lockdown, research conducted by the Sport and Recreation Alliance reveals.

According to the  research, participation opportunities in the most deprived areas of the country are expected to fall by 48% compared with just 2% in the least deprived areas.

As well as this, those serving ethnically diverse, deprived or urban communities also consistently reported needing greater financial assistance to reinstate active opportunities – £5,000 more on average than those working in other areas. Read more about the findings here

Activity Alliance Newsletter

Our Chair blogs: Disabled people need to be at the heart of the return

UK Coaching Week is a campaign to celebrate coaching at all levels in sport and activity. This year’s theme was ‘The Great Coaching Comeback: Coaching for all’. Here, our Chair, Sam Orde, talks about her coaching experience and how important it is to ensure everyone has access to inclusive, accessible coaching. Read Sam’s blog

Michelle Carney, Special Olympics GB CEO, blog: Inclusion in Action – In Learning Disability Week (14-20 June), Activity Alliance recognised organisations working to encourage more people with a learning disability to take part in sport and activity. Recently, national charity and Activity Alliance member, Special Olympics GB launched their new strategy – Inclusion in Action. Here, CEO Michelle Carney writes about their ambitions for the future. Read Michelle’s article

Matt Maguire, Mencap National Sport Manager, blog: Impact & innovation – Here, Matt Maguire, Mencap National Sport Manager writes about the impact of COVID-19 on people with a learning disability, and the innovative programmes they have delivered with partners to keep people moving during lockdown. Matt Maguire’s article for Learning Disability Week

Blog: “You can’t put a price on seeing people learn new skills”In UK Coaching Week we heard from football coach and one of our engagement advisors, Alex Giles. Alex told us about his coaching experience and his hopes for returning to coaching after the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Alex’s blog

Celebrating Inclusive PE during National School Sport Week

Activity Alliance was pleased to support Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sport Week campaign (19-25 June). To celebrate this, we looked back on the positive impact the Inclusive PE programme is having on both teachers and their pupils. It recognises the important role PE and school sport plays in the next generation’s lives, especially as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Read about  our work in supporting PE to be more inclusive

5 Panthers in England Team for TV match

Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Team will provide 5 players in the England squad to play Wales in Sheffield on Saturday 26 June.

Watch them on the BBC iPlayer & Sport Website/App. The kick off is at 12.30.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter: 20 June

Tackling inequalities: 2tshirtgang
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Bradford-based 2tshirtgang is the feature of the latest episode of The YSF Podcast.The functional fitness, health and well-being organisation are one of those to receive funding from Sport England’s tackling inequalities fund, introduced to reduce the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on under-represented groups.Co-founders Anthony Williams and Trinity Brown join us to discuss how the Health is Wealth project aimed to lift people’s mood during the pandemic through activity and nutrition. The funding helped provide the resources needed to take sessions online, including equipment and booklets.  
Primary PE and sport premium confirmed for 2021/22
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Primary school children in England will benefit from higher quality PE lessons and better sport opportunities, the Education Secretary has announced this week.Backed by a £320 million investment, the PE and Sport Premium will encourage children to play more sport, increase their social skills, and improve their physical activity after lockdown. Schools will also be able to improve the quality of their teaching and make longer-term, sustainable changes to their lessons.It is a continuation of the funding that first doubled from £160m in 2017.  
Beat the Street comes to Sheffield and Barnsley Find out more
Beat the Street, which launched in both Sheffield and Barnsley recently, challenges schools, workplaces and community groups to clock up as many active travel miles as possible.Participants can walk, cycle, run, scoot, wheel or roll to the next one on the map within an hour to score 10 points; the further players go and the more Beat Boxes tapped, the more points they will score.There are 264 Beat Boxes placed on lampposts around Barnsley for the duration of the game, and more than 450 around Sheffield.  
Take Women in Sport’s Health Check Survey Take the survey
Women in Sport is researching workplace culture and how it is changing now that more women are involved in sport, and they want to hear from you.They are exploring all aspects of workplace culture and inclusivity; not just those relating to gender. The findings will be used to develop best practice across the sporting sector.  

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

A new physical activity strategy for Sheffield
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Move More Sheffield has revealed a new strategy and brand for the network. Enabling everyone in Sheffield to move more makes an important contribution to achieving the long term vision of creating a healthier, happier and more connected Sheffield. The new strategy, branding and website all went live this afternoon.  
This Girl Can week resources
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From Saturday 12 June – Saturday 19 June, Sport England is putting the spotlight on women and exercise through a dedicated ‘This Girl Can Week’.Calling for women across the country to ‘choose you’ by taking time out to get active in a way that works for them, organisations are encouraged to get involved to help inspire more women and girls to be active. The This Girl Can supporters hub has a number of resources to help you.  
Unsung primary school heroes inspire kids to be active more than professional athletes do, say parents Find out more

Children are inspired to be active more by primary school teachers than professional athletes, according to a new poll of parents of children aged four to 11 by ukactive and Savanta ComRes. The poll shows that 67% of parents in the UK think that teachers are ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ inspirational as role models for their child to keep active as opposed to athletes (60%).  
Poundland launches charitable foundation Find out more
The retailer says the Poundland Foundation will provide £825,000 to community groups over the next 12 months plus £2.5m over the next two years to three existing charity partners. The Poundland Foundation will start by providing sports kits for children through cash grants for community groups. The first grant window is now open.  
School Games virtual sports day returns in 2021 Find out more

The School Games sports day is returning for 2021, and it’s inspired by some of the fantastic sporting action coming our way this summer.With the pandemic meaning it hasn’t been possible to host School Games events throughout the current academic year, it once again means no traditional summer festival in South Yorkshire or West Yorkshire. But, just as in 2020, there’s still the opportunity for schools to be part of something big.Taking place on Tuesday 6 July (South Yorkshire) and Thursday 8 July (West Yorkshire), primary schools from the two counties will be able to take part in a summer sports day, with sporting challenges linked to the big summer events of the year including the Olympics, Euro 2020, Wimbledon and the Rugby League World Cup. Challenges will be made available on YouTube.  
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This Girl Can classes launching soon
Instructor training due to take place from August onwards. Please watch the webinar here for more details on this and please do contact EMD UK (details here) if you are interested in getting these to your area.

Coaches highly valued by the British public
New statistics, released by UK Coaching during UK Coaching Week, show that the majority of Brits believe coaches will help nation become fitter and more active. Find out more…

Boost the online presence of a club or group
Club Matters has teamed up with Energise Me to develop a new suite of resources to help with this. This includes a webpage explaining what an online presence is and why it matters.

Groundbreaking HSBC UK Breeze programme celebrates a decade of getting more women into cycling
A decade on from its inception, British Cycling and HSBC UK are toasting 10 years of the groundbreaking Breeze programme, which has now provided over 320,000 women with a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment to get on their bikes. Find out more…

Grounds Management Association secures £3.9m investment to help boost grassroots sport
The Grounds Management Association (GMA) announces a £3.9M investment from the Premier League, The FA, and Government’s Football Foundation with Sport England to deliver the association’s third phase of the pitch improvement programme for grassroots sports. Find out more…

Community Clubs set to benefit from new partnership
An exciting new partnership between the RFL and Play Fund Win is set to raise vital funds for community rugby league clubs across the country. Find out more…  
England Academy Pathway ManagerOrganisation: RFLApplication Deadline: 12:00am – Fri 11th June, 2021Read More » 

Aquatic and Activity ActivatorOrganisation: Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL)Application Deadline: 12:00am – Sun 13th June, 2021Read More » 

Group Operations ManagerOrganisation: Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL)Application Deadline: 12:00am – Sun 20th June, 2021Read More » 

Sport and Physical Activity Development OfficerOrganisation: Everybody Active – KirkleesApplication Deadline: 11:45pm – Mon 21st June, 2021Read More »

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

Active in Barnsley partnership launches new websiteActive in Barnsley launches new website

The Active in Barnsley partnership, of which we are a member, has launched a brand-new website, where people in Barnsley can find information about being active, useful links for moving more at home or outdoors and to get inspired by reading ‘What’s Your Move Champions’ stories.Last year, the What’s Your Move campaign encouraged residents to move more and incorporate regular exercise and activity into their daily lives. Making it easy is vital, and the internet has many valuable resources to help people be active. However, it can sometimes become slightly overwhelming. For that reason, the Partnership wanted to create a website with resources and helpful tips all in one place, that would be easy to navigate.  
Blog: Making more time to connect and shareFind out more and book a place
At the beginning of July, we’ll be piloting a new ‘YSF Connect and Share’ online conversation.It’ll be an informal get together of people involved in similar areas of work – beginning with Active Workplaces. Instead of presentations, sessions will be interactive, including breakout rooms to allow discussion and networking for people involved in similar areas of work throughout South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.James Brown, our Director of Local Support, explains the thinking behind it, and includes details of how you can join us.  
New campaign launches to boost healthier, greener travel across Leeds
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People across Leeds are being asked to make one small change to a weekly journey by leaving the car at home and choosing to walk, cycle, or use the bus instead.Leeds City Council has partnered with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and local bus companies to design and deliver the new Connecting Leeds campaign.  
Sky Sports and ECB target 100 communities with grassroots cricket initiative
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Sky Sports has partnered with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to launch Dynamos Cricket Intros, a new multi-year initiative that champions inclusion, encouraging more children to take up the game of cricket regardless of gender, ability, or background.
With the ambition of reaching children who might not ordinarily have access to cricket for a variety of reasons, the 3-year investment will enable schools and community centres in underprivileged areas to provide courses for free.  
Swim England launches innovative project to help develop aquatics businesses
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Swim England has launched an innovative project to help develop aquatics businesses – and increase the opportunities for people to go swimming.Swim England will work closely with a wide range of customers from swim schools focused on learning to swim, multiple site operators through to large capital investment projects for local authorities.  
News in brief  
Join the #SummerOfPlay campaign
#SummerOfPlay is a campaign to give children the space, time and freedom to play this summer as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Find out more…

Leading research team supports mission to enhance sport’s contribution to mental health and wellbeing
A team of leading researchers have been commissioned to support the joint mission of the Sport for Development Coalition and Mind to enhance the contribution that sport and physical activity can make to addressing the mental health and wellbeing crisis brought on by Covid-19. Find out more…

New handbook to help prescribe nature for mental health and wellbeing
The resource, from researchers at the University of Exeter, provides guidance and best practice for organisations providing Nature on Prescription, helping them to develop beneficial, safe and sustainable services. Find out more…

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation launch Team-Mates
This project is about using the power of Rugby League to help break the stigma and challenges of mental health within males. Find out more…

Sense Active launch new virtual training
Sense Active has partnered with UK Coaching to launch a new online learning classroom to ensure anyone facilitating activities for those with sensory impairments or complex disabilities feel better equipped and more confident. Find out more…

BASIS Sustainability In Sport Awards – nominations open
Awards will be given for the best sustainability initiatives that show innovation, impact, and performance. Find out more…  

2021 Wheelchair Rugby League – Week 1 Round-Up

The 2021 Wheelchair Rugby League season started on 29th May 2021 after a 20-month hiatus due to the Covid19 pandemic and I was at the University of Hull to see the defending champions Halifax Panthers begin their season against Hull FC and the Argonauts Skeleton Army of Kent.

And it was 2 out of 2 on our return to play: 66-40 against @HullWCRL. 64-44 against @TheArgonautsWCS. Great to be back and great to start off the season with wins!

Survey: Active Calderdale

Calderdale residents are being asked to share their views on being active and the opportunities available to take part in physical activity in their local area.

Active Calderdale has launched the first in what will be an annual survey of behaviour and perceptions in relation to physical activity in Calderdale. Residents from across the borough are asked to share their thoughts and opinions about their own physical and mental health and how they feel their local area influences their levels of activity.

The responses gathered will be used to identify the things that make it easier for us to be active, so that we can look for ways in which these can be increased. They survey will also look at challenges in specific areas of the borough, so work can be targeted where it can make the most difference.

The survey takes around 5-10 minutes to complete and as an extra incentive there’s also the option to enter into a prize draw for a £50 love to shop voucher. To find out more or take part in the survey, visit https://bit.ly/33SOEFs or access via the Active Calderdale website. The survey is available in a number of languages and paper copies can also be requested via Calderdale libraries. The survey closes on Monday 7 June 2021.

Activity Alliance Disability Sport Newsletter

This is the latest newsletter of the Activity Alliance, who work for equality in sport for people with disabilities.

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Welcome to May’s newsletter. This edition features our new strategy, Achieving Fairness, and the new campaign, Football Your Way.A young woman in her wheelchair throwing a shot put

New strategy launched as poll shows pandemic impact on disabled people

We launched our new three-year strategy as poll findings reveal the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on disabled people. Titled Achieving Fairness, the strategy has an immediate focus on how we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more on our strategy 2021-2024

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England Football launches Football Your Way campaign

England Football, The Football Association’s new home for participation and the grassroots game, launched Football Your Way, a new campaign to help disabled footballers return to the sport and reclaim the moments they have missed, as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across the country. The campaign is funded by Sport England as part of the tackling inequalities funding programme.

Learn more on Football Your Way campaign

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Funding from Sport England to develop See Sport Differently project

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in partnership with British Blind Sport have received £1m in funding from Sport England for three years to develop participation in sport amongst people with sight loss. Despite COVID-19 having a devastating effect on the sporting calendar and landscape, Sport England has committed to funding the See Sport Differently project. The development of the project will have a positive impact for blind and partially sighted people through fair and equal participation in physical activity and the opportunity to experience sport in an inclusive way.

Read about See Sport Differently

Programme inspires next generation of inclusive sport leaders

A ‘lifechanging’ three-year Government programme for young people with and without Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has given 25,997 participants the opportunity to access inclusive school swimming and water safety resources, experience para-sports as part of fun festivals, and learn new skills.

Read more on the programme.

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